Abraham Lincoln

(12 February 1809 – 15 April 1865 / Sinking Spring Farm, Kentucky)

Abraham Lincoln Quotes

  • ''Gen. Schurz thinks I was a little cross in my late note to you. If I was, I ask pardon. If I do get up a little temper I have no sufficient time to keep it up.''
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. letter to Franz Sigel, Feb. 5, 1863. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 6, p. 93, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
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  • ''We can succeed only by concert. It is not "Can any of us imagine better?" but "can we all do better?"''
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. annual message to Congress, Dec. 1, 1862. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 5, p. 537, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
  • ''In great contests each party claims to act in accordance with the will of God. Both may be, and one must be wrong.''
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. meditation on the divine will, Sep. 2, 1862? Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 5, p. 403, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
  • ''[Uniting workers should not] lead to a war upon property, or the owners of property.''
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. reply to the New York Workingmen's Democratic Republican Association, Mar. 21, 1864. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 7, p. 259, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
  • ''I ... ran for Legislature [in 1832] ... and was beaten—the only time I have been beaten by the people.''
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. letter to Jesse W. Fell, Dec. 20, 1859. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 3, p. 511, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
  • ''If the union of these States, and the liberties of this people, shall be lost, it is but little to any one man of fifty-two years of age, but a great deal to the thirty millions of people who inhabit these United States, and to their posterity in all coming time.''
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. reply to Oliver P. Morton at Indianapolis, Indiana, Feb. 11, 1861. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 4, p. 194, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
  • ''He who does something at the head of one Regiment, will eclipse him who does nothing at the head of a hundred.''
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. letter to David Hunter, Dec. 31, 1861. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 5, p. 85, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
  • ''I want in all cases to do right.''
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. letter to Mary S. Owens, Aug. 16, 1837. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 1, p. 94, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
  • ''Our strife pertains to ourselves—to the passing generations of men; and it can, without convulsion, be hushed forever with the passing of one generation.''
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. annual message to Congress, Dec. 1, 1862. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 5, p. 529, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).
  • ''Now, and ever, I shall do all in my power for peace, consistently with the maintenance of government.''
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. letter to Thomas H. Hicks and George W. Brown, Apr. 20, 1861. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 4, p. 340, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).

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Best Poem of Abraham Lincoln

Memory

MY childhood's home I see again,
And sadden with the view;
And still, as memory crowds my brain,
There's pleasure in it, too.

O memory! thou midway world
'Twixt earth and paradise,
Where things decayed and loved ones lost
In dreamy shadows rise,

And, freed from all that's earthly, vile,
Seem hallowed, pure and bright,
Like scenes in some enchanted isle
All bathed in liquid light.

As dusky mountains please the eye
When twilight chases day;
As bugle ...

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The Bear Hunt

A wild-bear chace, didst never see?
Then hast thou lived in vain.
Thy richest bump of glorious glee,
Lies desert in thy brain.

When first my father settled here,
'Twas then the frontier line:
The panther's scream, filled night with fear
And bears preyed on the swine.

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